The Raider ACE!
What's Going On In Raider Nation Vol. 2 Issue 39
Volume 1 Issue 12 - October 30, 2023 - November 3, 2023
4 reasons Students Need A Great Teacher!
Here are four reasons our Champion Raiders need great teachers.
Personal Growth and Development: A great teacher can help students to develop their own unique talents, interests and passions. They can also provide guidance and support as students navigate the ups and downs of growing up and finding their place in the world.
Preparation for the Future: A great teacher can help students prepare for their future by teaching them not only the academic skills they need, but also life skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and effective communication. A great teacher can also serve as a mentor and role model, helping students to develop a strong sense of self and the confidence they need to succeed in their future careers and personal lives.
Encouragement and Empowerment: A great teacher can provide students with the encouragement and empowerment they need to believe in themselves and their abilities. They can help students to set achievable goals and then support them in reaching those goals, instilling in them a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Creation of a Safe and Supportive Learning Environment: A great teacher can create a safe and supportive learning environment where students feel valued and respected. They can foster an atmosphere of trust and understanding, where students feel comfortable taking risks, asking questions, and exploring new ideas. Such an environment is essential for student growth, both academically and emotionally.
Let's be great teachers for our students. Every opportunity we have to stand in front of our students, is an opportunity to prepare them to go out and change the world!
We are W.J. Keenan High School. Home of the Champion Raiders!
There are a few things that we will need to make sure we are doing to keep the natural order and flow of our school:
- School starts at 8:00 a.m. Remind students they need to report to class before then to avoid a tardy.
- Stand at your door during the change of each class.
- You must not leave your students unsupervised for any reason.
- Please do not allow students into the hallway without a pass.
- Please do not allow students that are not on your roster in your classroom. Students need to be in their scheduled classroom to receive credit. You are accountable for every student in your room.
- You may only sign out to leave on your planning period and/or with administrator approval in an emergency circumstance if you do not have a scheduled absence.
- If you are absent from school, it is your professional responsibility to input the appropriate information in Frontline in a timely manner. Substitutes are limited. Please check Munis prior to doing this so you are aware of your available days for an absence.
Raider Dates to Remember
Monday, November 6, 2023
- If you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure, you will fail above everyone else's success. -James Cameron
- Quarter 1 WJKHS Scholar's Recognition Program @11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
- Faculty Meeting in the lecture hall @ 3:30 p.m.
- General Election / 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
- The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
- "Get busy living or get busy dying." — Stephen King
Thursday, November 9, 2023
- "Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."– Thomas A. Edison
Friday, November 10, 2023
- "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." — Mae West
Raider Football Headed For The 2nd Round!
The Raider Rubber Band at SCSU's Homecoming!
Mrs. Lawson-Wilson's Teaching and Learning News!
We will have a PD session on campus on Friday, November 10th after student dismissal. Core area (ELA, Math, Science & Social Studies) and World Languages teachers are required to attend. PD will be held in the Lecture Hall at 12:15 pm. The PD will cover Visible Learning.
Please be reminded, by this time, you should complete your mid-conference information in SCLead. You may do this by going to Student Growth & Professional Goals. Click on Details. Click on Mid-Course Conference. Complete the educator reflections and sign at the bottom of the page.
Mastery Connect benchmarks will be provided to students this week in End of Course classes.
Dates to Remember:
November 6-9 Mastery Connect benchmarks for EOC classes
November 10 - Early Release/PD
November 21 - Interim Reports available
November 22-24 - Thanksgiving break
November 28-29 - English 2 End of Course testing
December 1- End of Fall evaluation cycle
December 4 - Winter End of Course Testing begins for Algebra, USH and Bio
December 15- Winter End of Course testing ends
December 19 - End of 2nd nine weeks/Semester 1/Grades due by 3:00 pm
December 20-January 2 Winter break
January 3- Teacher Workday
January 4 - 3rd quarter begins
Things to remember:
Teacher CLARITY is our instructional focus this year. According to John Hattie's meta-analysis, teacher clarity has an effect size of .75 which doubles student gains in learning. Here are the questions your students should be able to answer for clarity.
- What am I learning? (Learning Intentions/Targets)
Why am I learning it? (Clarity & Motivation)
How will I know that I have learned it? (Success Criteria)
Each of these are non-negotiables and should be written on your board each day under the appropriate magnet and referred to for student understanding. Students should be able to answer these questions if called upon by the teacher.
Please be sure to access the Raiders Chest in One Drive for important information regarding the Secondary Grading Manual. See the information listed from the manual regarding grades:
"Each marking period should include a minimum of ten assignments/assessments of student learning documented in the gradebook/PowerSchool. Four of the ten assessments should be major assessments such as tests or exams, written compositions, performances, or projects. Five of ten assessments should occur before interim reports are issued, with two of those five assessments being major. Therefore, two of the four major assessments should occur prior to the interim report."
Certified Staff Certification/Recertification:
Renewal teachers/staff should have signed up for Read to Succeed if you have not taken the class. Information regarding this was sent out through District Announcements. You will also need to complete 120 hours to renew your certificate. If you have taken the Read to Succeed class and you need to have it added to your certificate, please sign into your educator portal on the SC state department of education website and upload it there.
Students In Action Leadership Conference
The W.J. Keenan JAG program attended the Students In Action Leadership Conference on the campus of Allen University. This event was hosted by hosted by Multiplying Goods. Our JAG students won the "SPIRIT" award for being the most motivated, engaged, supportive, and involved school!!! Our Keenan students owned the moment!
Freshman Academy Updates!
This is a celebration of our WINS as a Freshman Academy which in turn translates to wins for W.J. Keenan High School.
- We have concluded the first quarter and begun the second quarter of the 2023-2024 school year with 95 -9th grade students on the honor roll: 8 students on the Principal’s List, 34 on the A-Honor Roll, and 53 on the B- Honor Roll.
- Mr. Troutman and Mr. Danso exhibited highly effective instructional skills and strategies during their formal 4.0 fall evaluation. More importantly, each of them was open and receptive to specific feedback and coaching! Kudos, gentleman!
- We have a published author on our hallway! Ms. Danielle McFadden authored and published her first children’s book, “But Mommy, I Don’t Want to Travel”. Her book is available on Amazon and Kindle. Congratulations, Ms. Dee!
- Ms. Dandridge and Mrs. Plummer continues to emphasize how important reading is to their students. Both teachers regularly visit the WJKHS Media Center to provide access and opportunity to our school library and its resources. Students recently received complementary book packages from Scholastic Publishers! Thank you, Ms. Dandridge and Mrs. Plummer for your dedication to growing your students as readers!
- Mrs. Bradley is to be commended for her forward thinking in her classroom. Mrs. Bradley designs and plans instructional activities that not only deepens her students’ mastery level, but also models the learning for each of them. Mrs. Bradley, thank you for being student-center
- Kudos to Dr. Webb for seeking support with students when she has tried strategies but is not seeing the results she desires. Dr. Webb is a CHAMPION RAIDER who wants the best for her students while protecting her classroom to ensure high level teaching and learning is able to take place.
- Last, but not least; Mrs. Garner and Ms. Young, continue offer advice, recommendations, and support that only veteran teachers can. Their expertise and flexibility are greatly appreciated. Even in challenging situations, both are willing to support our students while maintaining high expectations.
It is truly an honor to work alongside each of you. The work we do is difficult at times; however, it is worth it! Each of you makes a difference daily. I appreciate you!
Have a great week!
Activities In Chemistry Class
Chemistry students studying ionic bonding and types of reactions had to demonstrate dissociation reactions in the lab. They used Sodium chloride, Barium Sulfate, Copper Carbonate, and Potassium Iodide amongst other salts to view the effects of solvent on the dissociation of ionic compounds. Eventually, they qualitatively analyzed solutions by predicting the ions present using reagents. Students had fun watching the chemical changes that accompanied the reactions characterized by effervescence, color and heat changes.
Mr. Hankins' Hang Out!
Please note the following dates for school photos:
- November 30—Fall Individuals makeup
Graduation 2024 Date Announced
This year’s Raider Graduation ceremony will be held Friday, May 31 at 11:00 am at the Colonial Life Arena. Seniors need to ensure they have met all requirements for graduation, pay any outstanding debts or fees and not have excessive discipline issues in order to participate.
Raider graduates are expected to conduct themselves with dignity, honor, and class. Inappropriate/disrespectful actions during the commencement ceremony WILL NOT be tolerated.
Keeping Seniors on Track
Class of 2024 students are meeting with school leaders to help them stay on track and be successful. Seniors are meeting with the Graduation Coach (Mrs. DuBard), School Counselors (Mrs. Hasinger, Ms. Humphrey and Mr. Oliver), and Mr. Hankins (Senior Class Administrator) to discuss their progress, requirements, future college/career goals, and plans for the year. All conferences are aimed at helping students be prepared to successfully graduate and meet their future goals.
Raider Community Student Support
Teachers and staff, we need your assistance in providing support for our young Raider students. Through our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework, we are aiming to give our students the tools they need to be successful.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a school-wide, data driven, proactive framework for improving both learning and behavioral outcomes for all students. MTSS uses the problem-solving process to meet the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional needs of each student. (https://www.richlandone.org/Domain/1736)
You may be asked to sit in on MTSS meetings as a classroom teacher, serve as a mentor, advocate or content expert for students. The goal is to surround students with as many caring adults and resources as possible to allow students to thrive. Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation.
SCHSL State Cross Country Qualifier
Congratulations to Max Ketcherside and Emory Peay. Today, these student-athletes represented Keenan at the SCHSL Cross Country State Qualifier. They competed with great determination and effort. Job well done, we are very proud of you.
Dubard's Grad Coach Updates
DuBard's Grad Coach Corner
- Seniors, please join the "2023 - 2024 Seniors" Schoology group for daily Scholarships and information updates.
- Please purchase your Parking Decals. Car boots are being issued with a 25 dollars fine.
- Raider Ready afterschool tutoring program is open to all grade level students who need assistance.
- Please monitor your grades and attendance.
- Jostens pickup Nov. 17th
- The ASVAB test will be held on Dec. 13th
We have had an exciting and different start to the school year. We are transitioning from a Magnet School to a School within a School. The Raider Academy is a new approach to college and career readiness designed to give students the foundation to make a difference in the world!
The Raider Academy at W. J. Keenan High School provides five houses through which students may choose. Students will have multiple opportunities to prepare for careers that are in high demand and require advanced skills. We offer a leadership curriculum that includes a rigorous project-based classroom experience that challenges students to gain future-ready competencies. The Raider Academy students will have advantages that include the opportunity to receive college credit, state and nationally recognized industry certifications, work-based learning opportunities and internships.
The W.J. Keenan High School Raider Academy offers five unique pathways aimed at engaging learners.
• Project Lead the Way Engineering
• Business Management and Administration
• Hospitality and Tourism Management
• Government and Public Administration
• Agriculture and Animal Science
Meet the Raider Academy Teachers
Mrs Young: PLTW Engineering & Math Department Chair
Ms. Davis: PLTW Engineering
Mrs. King: PLTW Engineering, Business Management, & CTE Department Chair
Mrs. Thompson: Hospitality& Tourism/Family and Consumer Science
Mrs. Bradley: Government & Public Administration
Ms. Ausburn: Agriculture and Animal Science
Please check grades on parent portal. We have afterschool tutoring and virtual tutoring using tutor.com
The next Student Raider Academy meetings will be held on the following dates:
Please note that this meeting is not mandatory. If students have work to complete, I urge them to stay in their classes and complete it.
The next Raider Academy parent meeting will be held virtually on
The WJ Keenan High School Installation Ceremony on November 15th at 10am in the WJ Keenan Auditorium. The members and officers of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), and the National Technical Honor Society will be installed.
Remember our expectations are:
- 70 or above in ALL classes
- No behavior issues
- No attendance issues
We will have to do fundraising please share any fundraising ideas with Mrs. Wine or the Raider Academy teacher.
Transportation is NOW provided for the Raider Academy. If you have any questions, please direct them to Mrs. Wine at Shalise.firstname.lastname@example.org
Absence Reporting/Morning Routine
Teachers and staff, please help us keep our students and school safe by reporting to work by 7:30 (morning duty) or 7:45 am. Please be at your doors ready to receive students by 7:50 am.
Please be reminded if you are going to be absent, report your absence by:
1. Submitting your absence in Frontline (Aesop).
2. Sending an email that you will be out.
a. To: Mr. Hankins
b. CC: Ms. Erving and Mrs. McIntee
c. Subject: Your Name Absent Date of Absence (Ex: Jabar Hankins Absent 1/16/23)
3. Calling the school (if an emergency happens on your way to work).
Substitutes and staff members covering classes should arrive by 7:45 am.
Thanks for your cooperation and for all you do for our students.
Notes for Raider Teachers!
Feedback From Observations: Focus on engaging students and having them do the work. Rather than standing up and writing on the smartboard as you are explaining, have students come up to the board and share what they know. Put students in groups and give meaningful activities. Use balls and other manipulatives to identify students for a response. Make these engaging strategies apart of your daily routine.
Handling Conflict: Please talk with our students about how to properly handle conflict. Encourage them to reach out to adults in the building to get help with situations that can potentially get them in trouble. Please convey the importance of working together resolve problems before they become bigger issues. It takes a village!
Student Work: Please start posting your best student work inside and outside your classroom in the hallways. You may also share by tagging WJK on social media.
Ask Yourself: What is the hook for today’s lesson that will keep them engaged? Is there an opportunity for my students to get up and move around with my lesson? How am I going to check for understanding? Am I giving students the opportunity to show me they have a grasp of the content? Am I using the DLE to enhance the lesson or am I simply giving electronic skill sheets?
Signing In and Out: If you need to leave campus for an emergency, please get approval from an administrator, and sign out in the main office. We are professionals.
PTSO: Please consider joining our Parent Teacher Student Association. It is a big part of communicating to our parents that we want to build a stronger partnership this year. The application is in the main office with Ms. Golston.
W.J. Keenan High School
The mission of W. J. Keenan High School is to provide engaging educational opportunities through a rigorous curriculum, cutting edge technology, and partnerships to extend to our diverse community and produce first class citizens who will contribute to the present and excel in the future. WE ARE KEENAN!
Our vision is to create a nationally known high school that is highly regarded for its academic excellence, leadership in cutting edge technology, science, environmental, and career based programs. A high school that builds strong relationships with all stakeholders and continues a culture where the expectation is to lead, set the example, and raise standards for all to follow.
Location: 361 Pisgah Church Road, Columbia, SC, USA